Turkey’s warning to the UN that it needs help with the continuing influx of refugees from the Syria, may be one of the reasons why the Islamically-orientated government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has become such an implaccable foe of the President Assad’s Damascus regime.
However, this alone does not explain why two nations that had shared such close ties, culturally, economically and even politically – especially over the Palestinians – can no longer see eye to eye.
Perhaps, Turkey stung by European criticism that its foreign policy has become neo-Ottoman, is trying show that it can be a European-Muslim state, in a bid to speed-up her claim to be part of the European club.
Perhaps also, Ankara has calculated that it can gamble on Syria, in the way it could not over Iraq – remember it would not allow its long-standing ally the US to use Turkish territory for military action against Saddam Hussein because of concern for Turkey’s standing in the Islamic world – since Assad’s father, the brutal Assad, had conducted that infamous massacre of some 20, 000 members of the Muslim brotherhood in Hama in Sept 1982, the same time as those infamous Israeli-instigated massacres of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila.
What ever the reason, Turkey whose economy is currently suffering from inflation will regret a collapse or break-up of Syria on her border.